Our California Trip page 3 dlogan@alaska.net

Our California Trip - page 3

Green Blue Green Line

Warthen Canyon Road to Parkfield, California

Green Blue Green Line

While staying with Don's family in Coalinga California, we took a couple of drives up into the hills
that were very green from all the rain they had been getting. Some of the trees didn't yet have leaves,
but the wildflowers were blooming and the grass was a green carpet. That green doesn't last long
and the hills are brown in the heat of summer. But while we were there, it was beautiful!!

Green Hills above Coalinga, CA.


Jack Rabbit


San Andreas Fault Sign


Our first drive was up the Warthen Canyon Road to the
Parkfield Road, then over the hills to Parkfield. Situated
on the San Andreas fault, Parkfield is called the
"Earthquake capitol of the world." The signs said
"Population: 18" and "Be here when it happens!" We
stayed just long enough to eat a tasty burger and lots
of french fries in front of a roaring fireplace at the
Parkfield Cafe. (SMILE)

On the way we saw a lot of birds and ground squirrels,
and other critters like the little Jack Rabbit, above.
He stood perfectly still so I could take his picture! (SMILE)
We also saw a cow elk in a pasture with some cattle - but
she ran away before I could get a picture.

Parkfield Cafe, Parkfield, CA.


Desert Paintbrush

Desert Paintbrush

Vines with tiny white Flowers

Vines with tiny White Flowers

The Oak Trees didn't have any leaves yet

The Oak Trees didn't have any leaves yet

Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers

Tiny Purple Flowers, Clover and Grasses

Tiny Purple Flowers, Clover and Grasses

Lupine

Lupine

We saw several of these Turkey Vultures in the area. There were three sitting near this fence. We also saw several kinds of hawks including a Red-Tailed Hawk and American Kestrels. We even saw a Bald Eagle (got a pic of that one, below!) - Thanks Linda, for pointing it out to us!! (SMILE)


There were a lot of other birds in the area - at one spot on our drive, near a wetter area, there were Red-Winged Blackbirds on every post. I also heard (but never saw) Western Meadowlarks several times. I remembered their call from way back in past eons (SMILE) when growing up in Clovis they would come into our yard. There were also Mockingbirds and House Finches - all birds we don't have in Alaska, but that I remember from years ago when I was growing up in the Central Valley.


I loved all the oak trees and the shapes the branches made. There was mistletoe in several of the trees.


Turkey Vulture on fence post

Turkey Vulture on fence post

Bald Eagle in Oak Tree

Bald Eagle in Oak Tree

Thistle bud about to bloom

Thistle bud about to bloom


Mistletoe

Mistletoe
California Buckeye Tree

California Buckeye Tree

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